Nova Scotia minister disappointed after student video on non-consensual sex

HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s minister for the status of women says she was shocked and disappointed after hearing a student chant that promoted non-consensual sex with underage girls.

Marilyn More says she was dismayed after a video was posted online that showed students at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax singing the song.

More says she would have expected people of that age to understand the inappropriate nature of the lyrics, but she added that it takes time to change attitudes around sexual behaviour.

She says it was particularly disappointing since the province recently launched an ad campaign aimed at young men to educate them about consensual sex.

The provincial government has been focusing on raising awareness around consensual sex and bullying following the death of Rehtaeh Parsons earlier this year.

The 17-year-old attempted suicide after she was allegedly sexually assaulted by several young men at a party in 2011.

Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Marilyn More was the minister of advanced education.